Emotional Obi Toppin After Knicks Selection: ‘I’m From New York, That’s Why It’s Important’
Obi Toppin After Knicks Selection/ The New York Knicks have selected Dayton forward Obi Toppin with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Toppin—who’s from Brooklyn—was also overcome with emotion upon finding out that he would become a Knick,
and was excited to get the chance to represent his city.
“I’m from New York,” Toppin said when asked about the importance of wearing a Knicks jersey. “That’s why it’s important. Me repping my city, it’s amazing.
A lot of people pray to be in this position,
and I’m not gonna take it for granted, I promise you that.”
Toppin was the consensus National Player of the Year in 2020 after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record.
however He averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game
while shooting 63.3% from the field and 39.0% on 3-point attempts as a sophomore.
In addition to his unmatched production, Toppin turned heads with his eye-popping in-game dunks:
In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated draft expert Jeremy Woo broke down what Toppin can bring to an NBA team.
“Toppin’s defensive concerns are real, but his inside-out scoring acumen and consistent energy should make him a potential Rookie of the Year candidate wherever he lands.
Toppin’s age (22 years old) is only a holdup for teams to a certain point, and in the context of this draft, he feels like a pretty safe bet in the eyes of many.”
NBA’s Orlando bubble
The Knicks went 21-45 last season and finished in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The team did not participate in the NBA’s Orlando bubble restart.
however The Knicks obviously need a lot, but that fan base will love this guy. They desperately want something to be excited about. Toppin can be that.
I would not have taken him first overall, but he should not have dropped this far and should be the favorite for rookie of the year